Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Los Angeles Broad Museum Tops Out

Rendering of The Broad. Image courtesy the Broad Art Foundation.

Yesterday, The Broad, an upcoming contemporary arts museum in downtown Los Angeles designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (not to be confused with The Broad Museum of Art, the other Eli and Edyth Broad venture in Lansing, Michigan) held a topping-out ceremony, at which architects, city officials, and construction workers signed a final ceremonial beam to be placed at the top of the structure. When complete, the building will consist of “a light-controlled vault covered by a permeable, custom-formed GFRC veil,” as ARCHITECT Magazine described it. Visitors will enter through what appears like a lifted corner, a signature feature of the New York-based firm’s recent Alice Tully Hall renovation. The 120,000-square-foot building, expected to be complete by early 2014, will serve three function as a public museum, private storage of the Broad archive, and headquarters for the Broad Art Foundation.

- Kelly Chan